VegNews Daily

Many Tobacco Farmers Are Turning to Chickpeas

Due to the increased consumption of hummus, a rise in the demand for chickpeas is affecting Southern agriculture.

Sabra Dipping Co., the nation’s largest maker of hummus, is currently in efforts to increase chickpea production in Virginia, largely considered “tobacco country,” in order fortify its supply of the versatile legume. Currently, the company is dependent on purveyors heavily concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, rendering the crop vulnerable to shortages and weather issues. According to The Wall Street Journal, Virginia officials have been seeking new cash crops due to declining cigarette sales in recent decades and the subsequent decrease in tobacco farming. The hummus industry, however, has seen dramatic growth in America in recent years—last year, Sabra’s hummus sales increased about 18 percent, and the domestic harvest of chickpeas increased 51 percent from the previous year. 

 Comments

New Study Shows Organic is Better Than Conventional

Is organically grown food really worth the price tag? A new study says "yes."
Read More »

Los Angeles Times Spotlights Founder of Gardein

Yves Potvin Grows His Vegan Company into a $100 Million Business.
Read More »

All-star Vegan Cruise to Sail This Fall to the Caribbean

Vegan chefs and personalities host the first-ever Vegan Vacation at Sea.
Read More »

Is That Human DNA in Your Cheese? Scientists Say "Yes."

With cow's milk designed to grow a 65-pound baby calf into a 700-pound cow, is the use of human DNA so far-fetched?
Read More »

New Study: Vegetarians Live Longer

Want to live 10 years longer? Go vegetarian.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »